Panel on Monday will discuss elder abuse

A free panel discussion on elder abuse is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services, 1303 S. Cannon Blvd.

Panelists will discuss mental health and abuse-prevention, detecting and preventing financial exploitation, screening and evaluating the need for services, investigating criminal abuse and prosecuting abuse.

To register for the event, call the Centralina Area Agency on Aging at 704-348-2739 or e-mail

By law, anyone who suspects that a vulnerable or older adult needs protection is required to report the information to the Department of Social Services in the county where the potential victim lives.

Concerned residents in Cabarrus County should report any situation where they think an adult is possibly being abused, neglected or exploited to the local Department of Social Services. To report an issue to DSS, call 704-920-1400 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, write to DSS at 1303 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis NC 28083, or send an e-mail to or

For reports at night or on weekends, call the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, 704-920-3000.